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Assessment Arrangements

Exam and Assessment Data

St John's exam and assessment data including our Key Stage 2 (End of primary school results) is located on our Key Information page, and duplicated on our Parent Information page, please click here to view.

Why do we assess pupils?

Assessment is used to provide information on pupils’ progress and attainment and it is a means by which parents can obtain valuable information about how their child, and the school, is performing.Assessment not only keeps parents informed, but also enables governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness and helps inform Ofsted's inspections of the school.It also enables teachers, parents and school leaders to measure pupil progress in learning against the expected standards.

Good teachers assess children regularly to inform their planning and teaching and provide effective feedback to pupils.Good quality assessment data allows teachers to move teaching and learning forward  and so help pupils to maximise their progress and achieve their full potential.

When and how we assess at St John’s

At St. John’s children are assessed on entry to each year group and identified as working below, within or above expected age the expectations for their particular year group. They are assessed termly against these expectations. Teachers use this information to inform and modify their planning so that the needs of groups and of individuals can be met to ensure that pupils’ achieve or exceed the expected standards by the end of each key stage.

Our St. John’s leadership team examine children’s levels of attainment on a regular basis to ensure that all children have the correct level of support and challenge. In addition, teachers attend termly progress meetings where the progress of the children is discussed. Children who need additional support will be identified and actions put in place to ensure that the children access the support that they need.


Target Setting

Pupils at St. John's have individual targets which are set with the support of their teacher. These targets are reviewed regularly and aim to give children ownership and understanding of their learning, where they are up to and the steps they need to continue making progress. Children in Key Stage 1 have their own 'Little book of targets' and in Key Stage 2, pupils have a 'Target book' where they record their targets and will work alongside their teachers to identify when they have met them.



Statutory Assessment

Statutory formal assessment procedures are used to measure attainment against national standards. Our pupils achievements are compared nationally with all pupils of the same age and against schools in the local authority and in England. These formal assessments consist of:-

An end of Early Years Foundation Stage assessment.
We monitor how well pupils are achieving and the extent to which they are meeting identified expectations.This helps identify children who are achieving a good level of development and those who need additional help.

The Phonics Screening Test at the end of year 1.
This assesses pupils’ phonic skills as a part of early reading’

End of Key Stage 1
We draw on tests and teacher assessments to assess which pupils are achieving national expectations in reading, writing and science. These assessments also identify pupils who are working at greater depth within a subject. 

End of Key Stage 2
Pupils take statutory tests that assess whether pupils achieve national expectations set at level 4 in reading, writing and maths. Pupils progress is measured from the end of Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 2 in reading, maths and grammar punctuation and spelling.Teacher assessment takes place in writing and science. These assessments also identify pupils who are working at greater depth within a subject. 

Ongoing assessments

In addition to formal assessments, teachers regularly check in the course of a lesson to see which children need more support or more challenge. Pupils' strengths and misconceptions are swiftly identified and acted upon. In this way, assessment is used to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Pupils’ work is marked before their next lesson and teachers identify areas for development.

How do we ensure that our assessments are rigorous?

At St. John’s we implement monitoring procedures and maintain a continuing overview of in school assessment through:-

Monitoring of pupils’ work.
Subject leaders carry out regular scrutiny of work to monitor pitch, expectation and progress.
Senior leaders carry out learning walks and lesson observations, review books and analyse pupil questionnaires.

Pupil progress meetings;
Senior leaders carry out termly reviews of pupils’ progress in each year group and identify the extent to which pupils are meeting expectations.

Formal testing
We use commercially produced tests to inform our judgements. We analyse these tests to identify areas of strength and areas for development in pupils' knowledge.
Professional development and support;
Staff attend meetings led by local authority consultants to ensure that they are informed of developments in assessment. Cross school moderation provides an opportunity to ensure that teacher judgements are secure.

Reporting to parents

Parents of pupils in all year groups will be informed whether their child is working below, within or above the expected level for their year group in reading, writing and maths. Parents are invited termly to parents' meetings when they are informed of the attainment of their child. However, parents are always very welcome at any point in the year to discuss their child’s progress, and indeed,we actively encourage this.